Part of that three-year plan involves adding to the number of live venues and studios in Ottawa. His current band, Slo' Tom and the Handsome Devils, is a local favourite, though Canadian music fans may also remember him from 1990s punk act Furnaceface."We are all musicians and have been involved in the local Ottawa music scene for many, many years, so we try to do what we think is needed, and it seems that being able to have a performance space and have lessons and be more connected with the community is what is needed, especially downtown," Stewart said.That's something Sabatin and his partners are hoping to tap into."You want a place to perform? Sabatin and Stewart are hoping to build the centre up slowly, and are striving to give it the same community feel that makes Spaceman Music the local scene's go-to spot.Some of Ottawa's best-known musicians are turning a little building on Gladstone Avenue into a one-stop shop where budding artists can do everything from learn an instrument to perform and record."What we're starting here is a school, a performance area, soon to be a recording facility and just a musical hub for musicians, students and teachers," said Rey Sabatin, one of the founders of Spaceman School of Music and Performance Centre.
It's not just a bunch of rooms with some chairs and a teacher waiting to teach guitar, and there's a desk downstairs that takes your money and then you leave.
We want a place that means more to you when you come here, and we have a space big enough for you to come and hang if you're a student."They retrofitted the old two-storey house with additional soundproofing and created a welcoming lobby where students can socialize.
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